5 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Body
If you are reading this blog that probably means you aren't 100% obsessed in love with your body! That's okay, most of us aren't all the time. But there are a few things we can do to improve self love, confidence, and acceptance. Here are 5 ways to fall in love with your body as well as my story to self acceptance!
My journey to self love started with working out and wanting to change my body. I thought "if I could just lose 10lbs I would feel so much better about myself!" (and maybe my bf at the time would stop cheating on me. Well I lost 15lbs and still didn't love myself. If anything, I actually felt worse about my body and struggled a lot with body dysmorphia. (You can read more about my story here) While fitness can help you love your body more, a lot of people like me do it for the wrong reasons.
To actually love your body you have to do loving things to it and get comfortable in your own skin! Below are five tips that really helped me do just that and find confidence again. As I always say, take what you love and leave what you don't, but try everything at least once.
Show Gratitude for All Your Body Does
You may have read other self love blogs that tell you to stand in front of a mirror naked and compliment yourself every day until you love yourself. While I love affirmations (and being naked), this exercise may not work great for everyone and leave you feeling worse about your body at first.
If you struggle to see your body with love and tend to pick it apart frequently, start a gratitude list around what you body does for you instead! Maybe you are grateful your body lets you play with your kids, walk the dog, experience orgasms, dance at concerts, hike mountains, etc. Find gratitude in all the things your body allows you to experience in this world and soon you will be loving every inch of it!
This is called "body neutrality" and helps you detach from just seeing your body's appearance. You can also start using neutral affirmations such as "I have a body" or "my body is the least interesting thing about me" if you want to incorporate that into your daily self love practice.